'Metal gods’ Judas Priest play Pol'and'Rock 2018

Judas Priest at the main stage of Pol'and'Rock Festival on Friday. Photo: twitter.com/PolAndRockFest

Judas Priest − whose songs include “Painkiller”, “Breakin’ the Law”, “Metal Gods” and “Living After Midnight” − played at the 24th edition of Pol‘and’Rock, an annual free summer rock music festival in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, north-west Poland, on Friday night.

The quintet, fronted by Rob Halford, with bassist Ian Hill, Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter Glenn Tipton, guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis, took to the main stage at the Polish rock festival and had thousands of festival-goers swooning and singing along to their set.

Formed near Birmingham, UK in 1969, the band had a different line-up than the current one. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time.

Pol‘and’Rock Festival, formerly known as Woodstock Festival Poland (Polish: Przystanek Woodstock), is an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by Woodstock Festival − a music festival in New York in 1969 which attracted an audience of more than 400,000.

The Polish festival has been held since 1995. In 2009 it gathered an audience of over 400,000 people, and 2014 saw a record number of attendees − about 750,000.

Since the 11th edition of the festival, its promoters have dubbed the event to be “the biggest open-air festival in Europe.”

The event is held by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, and its head Jurek Owsiak, as a way of thanking its annual charity Grand Finale volunteers. Generally a weekend-long event, its stages are in continuous use from early afternoon to dawn, featuring performances by scores of bands every year.

This year’s festival, that runs from August 2-4, includes four stages and over 100 performances including In Flames, Soulfly, You Me At Six, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Goo Goo Dolls, Gojira and Arch Enemy.

Judas Priest performed in Katowice in southern Poland in June.